Outlet Shops of Grand River Giveaway!

I love to bargain shop.  But I don’t do well in places like TJ Maxx, Thrift Stores, or Consignment sales – I can never find anything.  Where I have always done my best work is at Outlet Malls.

For years, every time we went to the beach, I would greatly anticipate my trip to the Outlet Mall.  I would find amazing deals on and exactly what I was looking for, and be able to walk away a satisfied woman (with many shopping bags.)

So in 2010 when The Outlet Shops of Grand River opened less than ten minutes away, my quality of life skyrocketed.  I’m pretty sure I was one of their first guests, and was very quick to blog all about it, and unofficially crowned myself as their Goodwill Ambassador.


But I noticed a trend.  Everyone else thought that Grand River was too far away – practically a day trip or something.  I would beg my friends to meet me there, telling them how much my kids loved running around and how good the deals were, and they would balk every time.

“It’s just too much of a drive.”

“No it’s not! It takes 8 minutes for me to get there, and maybe 15 for you.”

“Are you sure?  It seems so far.”

And then my head would explode.

But as soon as they arrived, their first words were always, “That didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would!”

I KNOW, people.  That’s what I’ve been telling you!!

Grand River is within 20 minutes of most neighborhoods in Birmingham, and no more than 30 from almost all of the metro areas.

And the stores – the stores are fantastic.  I buy nearly 100% of Noah’s clothes from Carter’s, which always has amazing deals.  And every time I shop there, I run home and immediately figure out how much I saved.  Then, with a squeal of geeky glee, I announce to Chris that “I bought it all for 80% off!!! Beat THAT at a consignment sale!!”

There are several other kid’s stores, as well: Learning Express and Toys R Us for gifts, and Osh Kosh, Children’s Place, Gymboree, and Gap for clothes.

(Although I personally usually choose to walk a wide berth around all Gap stores.  I have nightmares about them having my photo hanging up in the breakroom with a skull and crossbones superimposed over my face.)

My favorite stores for my clothes are Guess (who also supplies most of Chris’ jeans – I’m sure they’ll be featured soon in a Dad Jeans Post near you), Maurices, Rue 21, and Banana Republic.  Oh – and Charming Charlie for all of my accessories.

They also have some great shoe stores out there, including Naturalizer, where I finally found the boot I’d been looking for at nearly half-off (!!):

The Boot I was Looking For

But I’m not the only ones who love Grand River – if you ask Ali what her favorite mall is (and she knows them all,) she always shouts, “The OUTLET mall!!”

Not because she’s already a shopaholic, but because they have fabulous outdoor areas for running and playing.


She’s been busy teaching Noah the ways –


How to use the benches for balance beams…


Where the gigantic patio is that’s great for longer races…


(races which he always loses, poor guy)

And how to properly climb a turtle in the kid’s play area.


Although we usually go in the daytime, I took the kids out to experience the early part of the tree lighting event a couple of weeks ago, and there was something more magical about being there as the sun went down.



The cheery corridors in the night air actually put me in the mood to do some Christmas shopping – which is quite supernatural.


(Not that the kids let me shop that night, but you’ve got to start somewhere.)

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But now I know: sneaking out after the kid’s bedtime might just be my ideal shopping experience.

So.  The Giveaway you’ve all been waiting for.

If you’re local and would like the chance to get some of your Christmas shopping done at Grand River (or if you’re not local and would like to come to Birmingham to shop,) I have a $50 Gift Card to give away to one of you!

For extra entries, you may do one or all of the following:

  • Follow The Outlet Shops of Grand River on Twitter.
  • Like The Outlet Shops of Grand River on Facebook.
  • Like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.
  • Tweet, Facebook, or Blog about this giveaway.

Be sure to leave separate comments for each of your entries!  This giveaway will be open until Wednesday, December 5.  I will announce the winner Thursday, December 6 on my Giveaway Winners Page.

Best of luck, and happy shopping!

Disclosure: I was recently thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Grand River to create a Blogger Event at the Outlet Mall – something I’ve wanted to do for two years.  I was also given a $50 gift card at that event.  However, considering the fact that I begged them to let me bring a bunch of bloggers out there to show off what an awesome place it is, I assure you that all of my opinions are quite genuine.


Leave your comment below!


  1. Oh I would love to win this!

  2. I follow you on twitter!

  3. Laura Gallitz says:

    I would love to win! We’re in Leeds on a weekly basis!

  4. Laura Gallitz says:

    I like The Outlet Shops on Facebook

  5. I follow you on Twitter and am about to bombard you with additional entries because I am OBSESSED with Grand River

  6. I follow you on Facebook

  7. I follow Shops of Grand River on Twitter

  8. I like/follow Shops of Grand River on Facebook

  9. Aaaand I just Facebooked the giveaway. So should I send you my address now or should we just arrange a shopping trip and I’ll meet you there? Just kidding…

    sort of.

  10. We went to Grand River for the first time on Brown Thursday(lol). We were on the email list and got in VIP at 7pm, got to window shop and the stores opened for VIP at 9pm, while everybody else got to watch us shop for a hour..hehe. It was the easiest shopping trip ever and we got 75% of our shopping done in mere hours! We were home before midnight.

    • Thank you for answering a question I had. We arrived home from our Thanksgiving travels to see a lot of police cars lighting up the night sky from I-20 over to the outlets and I wondered what was going on.

  11. Grand Rriver is liked on FB!

  12. I am following them on Twitter!

  13. I already like you on FB ;-)

  14. But if I share on Facebook that will lessen my odds of winning……oh well, did it anyway. lol

  15. Grand River is a little farther than 15 minutes for me (I’m the one the lives in the tiny town 1-and-a-half-hours away that stopped by to weigh in for your weight loss competition) but it’s definitely worth the trip!

  16. followed Grand River on twitter

  17. Follow you on twitter

  18. I’d love to win this giveaway!

  19. tweeted about this giveaway

  20. I love this outlet! I would totally use up $50 in two seconds! LOL!

  21. I just “liked” the outlet on Facebook

  22. “Liked” your Facebook page!

  23. I would love to win this!

  24. I liked them on Facebook.

  25. I like you on Facebook and follow you on Twitter.

  26. I follow The Shops on Twitter.

  27. Oh, pick me! Pick me!!!!

  28. I posted about this giveaway on Facebook.

  29. Just LIKED them on Facebook!

  30. Just LIKED YOUR page on Facebook, too! :)

  31. I would love to win! I’m about four minutes from there and we go all the time. My kids do the balance beam thing too!

  32. I follow you on twitter!

  33. I also follow Shops of Grand River on twitter!

  34. This is awesome! Especially in time for Christmas shopping…

  35. This would be awesome and well worth the drive from Huntsville. Thanks!

  36. I follow the Shops of Grand River on Twitter

  37. I follow you on Twitter.

  38. Please enter me! Believe me,this would be put to good use here at Christmas time.

  39. I liked The Shops on Facebook.

  40. I like you on Facebook and I like you in real life too :)

  41. Going to blog about this right now!

  42. I just discovered this goodness last weekend – it was only a 35 minute drive from Alabaster! Squeeee! I’ll be back to post my entries <3

  43. Mariah mullet says:

    I liked the grand river outlet malls!

  44. Mariah mullet says:

    And your liked on Facebook!

  45. I would love to win this! You know the outlets are not far from my house. ;) However, I did not know that they had a play area for the kids! Where is it located? Thanks!

  46. I follow you on fb :-).

  47. I liked Grand River on fb.

  48. I shared this post on fb.

  49. Brandy Bates says:

    I love the outlet mall. That is where I did all of my black friday shopping.

  50. Brandy Bates says:

    I am already a fan of the shops of Grand River on FB

  51. Brandy Bates says:

    I am also a fan of Grasping for Objectivity in my Subjective Life on FB. Thanks for all of the great giveaways.

  52. I like the Outlet Shops on Facebook.

  53. I like Grasping for Objectivity on Facebook.

  54. I posted about the giveaway on Facebook. And…I attempted to tag your page in a comment. I have no idea if that worked. :)

  55. I like The Shops on fb

  56. I like you on fb

  57. Heather Woosley says:

    I love to shop at Grand River and boy have I gotten the bargains!

  58. Heather Woosley says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

  59. Heather Woosley says:

    I liked Grand River on Facebook.

  60. Heather Woosley says:

    I follow Grand River on Twitter.

  61. Not entering the contest for obvious reasons but I had to say I am WAY jealous of your beautiful outlet mall!!! The closest one to us is like 3 hours away. And 15 min? Really? I have to drive half an hour just to get to Walmart! Target is 45 minutes away but we go there at least twice a month. And not only jealous of your proximity but also how nice those are! That has to be the prettiest outlet mall I’ve ever (not) seen! :)

  62. Please choose me! I’ve only gotten 2% of my Christmas shopping done :/

  63. Following you on FB

  64. Following Outlet Shops of GR on FB

  65. I went out there with my mother-in-law and the kids to shop for them and was really impressed. Would love the chance to get out there, you know, without the kids and really explore!

  66. I follow The Shops on twitter.

  67. I like The Shops on facebook

  68. I follow you on twitter and like on facebook. Now let’s win this.

  69. I would love to win this! I’m such a Shops of Grand River fan!

  70. I follow Shops of GR on FB.

  71. I follow your blog on FB, as well. Thanks!

  72. Tonya Rocha-Buzbee says:

    PICK ME!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. I followed the Outlet Shops on Twitter.

  74. I already like The Outlet Shops on Facebook.

  75. I liked your Facebook page.

  76. I shared this giveaway on Facebook.

  77. angie mcalpin says:

    love the outlets in Leeds….

  78. angie mcalpin says:

    I am a fan on facebook!!!

  79. angie mcalpin says:

    Just posted on facebook that I absolutely love the OUTLETS!!!!

  80. I would love to win . I love shopping there

  81. Yea for $50! Would come in handy! I liked you on Facebook!

  82. Liked the Outlet Shops on FB

  83. I follow you on FB

  84. I follow you on Twitter

  85. I live in Trussville–and have never been! I’d love to win=)

  86. Julie Davis says:

    I follow Grand River on twitter

  87. Julie Davis says:

    I like Grand River on Facebook.

  88. Julie Davis says:

    I follow you on twitter (finntannermom)

  89. Julie Davis says:
  90. I liked you on Facebook. Really, it was long overdue. :)

  91. I also liked The Shops at Grand River on Facebook. I mean, I like them in real life, why not on FB as well?

  92. Awesome! I love that place!

  93. I like you on Facebook :)

  94. I like the Shops of Grand River on Facebook, too!

  95. Would love to win this giveaway! I just recently discovered the Shops of Grand River and couldn’t believe I had never gone out there before!

  96. I follow you on Facebook!

  97. I liked Shops of Grand River on Facebook!

  98. I shared this giveaway on facebook!

  99. I’d love to win! I’m too cheap to buy the pair of boots I really want and $50 would definitely get me close enough!

  100. I liked The Outlet Shops of Grand River on Facebook.

  101. I am following The Outlet Shops of Grand River on Twitter.

  102. I already like you on Facebook and follow you on Twitter! :)

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